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Spoon Stealers, Week 2: We will steal your spoons. First, fill out this consent form.
Autism / Spoon Stealers / Spoonie Challenges

Spoon Stealers, Week 2: We will steal your spoons. First, fill out this consent form.

For far too many disabled people, finding services—let alone accessing them—is a difficult-to-impossible task. When one does find them, then attending appointments, going for tests, and so on, sucks up even more spoons. In almost every case, we have to sign forms giving the provider permission to steal our spoons in whatever way. ODSP wants … Continue reading

Spoon Stealers, Week 1: Using Strollers on Public Transit
Parenting / Spoon Stealers / Spoonie Challenges

Spoon Stealers, Week 1: Using Strollers on Public Transit

Editor’s Note: Our Spoon Stealers series was inspired by this week’s first post, written by Jen Desmarais. While the Spoonie Authors Network is mostly about our writing journey, it’s important for people to understand how situations in our daily lives rob us of our spoons. These articles are the personal experiences of our contributors. I … Continue reading

Disability Tropes 101: Upgrade My Body
Disability Tropes 101 / Represention

Disability Tropes 101: Upgrade My Body

The “Upgrade My Body” trope is one that is frequent in science fiction and other speculative media. This trope generally involves the notion of leaving the disabled or ageing body behind in order to transfer consciousness into another, more “durable” form. This form can involve a robot, android, clone, or another person’s body.   I … Continue reading

Disability Tropes 101: Manipulative Sympathy
Disability Tropes 101 / Represention

Disability Tropes 101: Manipulative Sympathy

I recently watched the musical Wicked, and one scene particularly stood out to me as problematic. It tied into a few other problematic representations of disability that I have encountered in literature, film, and television. In Wicked: The Musical , the main character’s sister, Nessarose, is a wheelchair user. During the performance, she, at various … Continue reading